News (November 2015)

Sussex Living Dec 15

Sussex Living Dec 15

Posted on 26th November 2015

December monthly update Be honest, how many mince pies have you eaten so far? The more the merrier we say, because it’s Christmas! We hope you enjoy our festive December issue – we have lots to entertain, inspire and interest you this month. We spent a fascinating afternoon with the charming Herbie Flowers, our very own local (a Ditchling resident through and through) music legend. Read the story to find out how it all started, the greats he has... read more

Celebrating Success at Steve Willis Training

Celebrating Success at Steve Willis Training

Posted on 26th November 2015

Steve Willis Training Centres Celebrate Success!  On Thursday 12th November 2015, Steve Willis Training Centres hosted an awards ceremony for their Apprenticeship Graduates. It was a full house at the Kings Centre in Burgess Hill, with over 150 people in attendance. The reason – to celebrate the success of the 50 Apprentices who graduated with an Apprenticeship (incorporating City & Guilds) in one of the following categories: Gas Level... read more

Autumn Statement – On The Spot Analysis

Autumn Statement – On The Spot Analysis

Posted on 26th November 2015

With ‘One Month Until Christmas’ trending on Twitter at the same time as ‘Spending Review’ the link is obvious. However, it’s true that a few feared changes didn’t occur, such as Working Tax Credits, the Police Budget and Freelancer/Consultant Tax increases known as IR35. Instead it feels as though there have been giveaways. Is this genuine? It looks as though some reforecasting from the Office Budget Responsibility,... read more

Town Update Nov 15

Town Update Nov 15

Posted on 25th November 2015

Dear Team Member CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS & LIGHTS SWITCH ON Thank you to those who supported and got into the spirit of this year’s Christmas Celebrations & Lights Switch On last Saturday.  The town centre was busy throughout the whole day with large numbers of families enjoying the activities.  Plus Church Walk was packed with people watching the lights switch on at 5pm. Feedback from retailers has been very positive.  Market Place Shopping... read more

Autumn Statement Analysed

Autumn Statement Analysed

Posted on 25th November 2015

No longer in the “rescue” phase, George Osborne outlines his plans to continue “rebuilding” Britain Wednesday, November 25, 2015 – 16:28 George Osborne has today set out his plans for continuing to ‘rebuild Britain’ through his Autumn Statement, and whilst there aren’t any particularly controversial announcements, there are a number of small changes which could possibly affect you. The main points to note are... read more

Where Cricket Meets St David’s Day

Where Cricket Meets St David’s Day

Posted on 25th November 2015

Where Cricket Meets… St David’s Day The next ‘Where Cricket Meets…’ is an occasion not to be missed. The afternoon will include after lunch entertainment from special guest Robert Jones, former Welsh and England & Wales Lions International. The charity event will also include a performance from The Brighton Welsh Male Voice Choir. Come and join us in The Focus Group Boundary Rooms at The BrightonandHoveJobs.com County... read more

Host a Cricketer at Work

Host a Cricketer at Work

Posted on 25th November 2015

Dear Sponsors of Sussex County Cricket Club, We have a unique opportunity available from the PCA (Professional Cricketers Association) as a result of your sponsorship of Sussex CCC. They are looking for a couple of businesses who are involved with us here at Sussex, to open their workplaces to some players for a day’s work experience. They are looking for a variety of industries to offer one day work placements to the players. They will need 3 or... read more

Susan’s Bright Award

Susan’s Bright Award

Posted on 25th November 2015

Susan won’t sing her praises… but we will! Forty-five years after organizing her first benefit concert at the tender age of 13, Lea Graham Associate’s MD Susan Fleet has been recognized for a remarkable singing career that’s raised not just the roof but also a small fortune for charity. Note for note, Susan has generated hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes large and small by setting an astonishing record. Since 1970, she’s persuaded... read more

40 Years Service

40 Years Service

Posted on 25th November 2015

Martin Celebrates 40 Award-Winning Years in Accountancy Martin Godsmark, Partner at West Sussex and Gatwick-based chartered accountants, Carpenter Box, has received recognition for 40 years of accountancy excellence by being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent Adur and Worthing Business Awards. Martin has worked long and hard over the last 40 years to benefit his and other clients of Carpenter Box and has been instrumental in helping... read more

Kreston Reeves Finalists

Kreston Reeves Finalists

Posted on 25th November 2015

Double recognition for Kreston Reeves Financial Planning   Kreston Reeves Financial Planning, one of the leading financial services firms located across London and the South East, is delighted to announce that they have been shortlisted as finalists in the ‘Adviser of the Year (South East)’ category at the Professional Adviser Awards 2016. They have also been listed in Citywire’s ‘New Model Adviser Top 100 Financial Planning Firms 2015’... read more

National Win for The Woolpack

National Win for The Woolpack

Posted on 25th November 2015

BURGESS HILL PUB WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST TRAINED STAFF The Woolpack on Howard Avenue in Burgess Hill has beaten off competition from over 1100 pubs around the country to win the Best Trained Staff Award in national awards run by Heineken owned Star Pubs & Bars. Licensees Dee Allen and Lance Nuttall received the prestigious award on behalf of their 30 staff at a gala celebration night in Liverpool from celebrity chef Simon Rimmer. Dee and... read more

An Inspector Calls

An Inspector Calls

Posted on 19th November 2015

On Tuesday this week I attended the local Panel meeting for Victoria and Dunstall Ward, where the topic was crime and in attendance were two officers from the cyber crime squad and Inspector Paul Wood, the senior officer in charge of Mid Sussex Policing. From the cyber team we were given various examples of ways to prevent being defrauded online. This crime is fast becoming one of the most common, as (often older) people are conned into giving away... read more

Racking for Warehouse wanted

Racking for Warehouse wanted

Posted on 19th November 2015

I wanted to say that since we have been offering our spare storage facility to local businesses, with the help of the BHBPA Newsletters, (proves people read it )it’s just taken off and we now have over 1,000 pallets and 800 Large Boxes in safe and secure store for not just local but also national Businesses. We are now are looking to increase the space available by at least another 1,000 Pallets more by installing more racking and were looking for... read more

Crime – Panel Meeting

Crime – Panel Meeting

Posted on 19th November 2015

On Tuesday this week I attended the local Panel meeting for Victoria and Dunstall Ward, where the topic was crime and in attendance were two officers from the cyber crime squad and Inspector Paul Wood, the senior officer in charge of Mid Sussex Policing. From the cyber team we were given various examples of ways to prevent being defrauded online. This crime is fast becoming one of the most common, as (often older) people are conned into giving away... read more

Trustees Wanted

Trustees Wanted

Posted on 18th November 2015

Aspire Sussex Ltd is the charity which has been running adult and community education in – and beyond – West Sussex since 2012.  We wish to appoint new trustees to our Board and would be particularly interested in receiving applications from individuals who are passionate about education and who have a marketing, finance or education background. Board and sub-committee meetings are usually held in Burgess Hill.  The time commitment needed... read more

Great Turnout at Ockenden Manor

Great Turnout at Ockenden Manor

Posted on 18th November 2015

We had more than 40 BHBPA Members and Friends at the meeting on Monday this week at Ockenden Manor. Those who braved the awful weather were rewarded with interesting presentations and an hour or more of networking in lovely surroundings. The drinks and food laid on for us by the hosts were as good as ever. Susan Fleet, a long time member and Director of the BHBPA,  gave us an insight into the world of PR along with some interesting and amusing tales... read more

The Big Give 15

The Big Give 15

Posted on 17th November 2015

It’s nearly here – The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2015 The Big Give Christmas Challenge is coming and with it the possibility of raising the fantastic sum of £40,000 for St Peter & St James Hospice through online donations on 4 and 5 December. From midday on 4 and 5 December, the Hospice is asking supporters to donate to the Christmas Challenge online at www.stpeter-stjames.org.uk to help raise the funds to pay for a whole month of hospice... read more

Kreston Reeves New Partner

Kreston Reeves New Partner

Posted on 17th November 2015

Kreston Reeves welcomes new tax partner to the firm Kreston Reeves, one of the leading accountancy and financial services firms located across London and the South East, is delighted to announce the appointment of Laurence Parry, Tax Partner. Laurence has joined Kreston Reeves to help drive forward the firm’s award winning tax service offering, with effect from 1 November 2015. Laurence has trained as a mediator and was the North West Society of... read more

IEP Sarah Cycles Across Africa

IEP Sarah Cycles Across Africa

Posted on 12th November 2015

Hove based IFA cycles across Africa in aid of Women v Cancer A million miles away from the business world of Pensions, Auto Enrolment and Protection, one of our Senior Independent Financial Advisers Sarah Grinnell battled scorching sunshine, potentially deadly insects and a whole lot of chafing (!) as she cycled a whopping 350km as part of Women v Cancer Cycle Africa. Starting in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, Sarah negotiated tough... read more

Town Plan Goes to Referendum

Town Plan Goes to Referendum

Posted on 12th November 2015

BURGESS HILL NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN GOES TO REFERENDUM Burgess Hill Town Council is seeking the support of all its residents to vote in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan at a referendum to be held on 10 December 2015. The Neighbourhood Plan is the blueprint for the development of Burgess Hill until 2031. It reflects the views of residents having been developed through extensive consultation with residents over the past 3 years at ward level. It can therefore... read more

Mobile Subs Finally Here

Mobile Subs Finally Here

Posted on 12th November 2015

Subway Burgess Hill are thrilled to announce that their new mobile unit, bringing fresh pre-made Subs and Salad bowls into Victoria Business Park, will be launching this Monday 16th November. Please see the attached leaflet for more information and be sure to look out for this fantastic looking little vehicle buzzing around the park, visiting as many premises as possible Monday to Friday from 10am till around 2pm. To ensure your workplace gets a visit,... read more

BHBPA News, Nov15

BHBPA News, Nov15

Posted on 10th November 2015

There are various news updates to tell you about, so here goes :- The Members meeting on 16th November at Ockenden Manor has 45 signed up for it, but there is room for more if you wish to come along. there will be presentations from Susan Fleet, of Lea Graham Associates and Carolyn Bentley of UKTI. Email me if you wish to come and haven’t already done so. It is always a terrific event at OM. There is one change on the BHBPA Steering Group. After... read more

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"“We have been members of BHBPA from its inception, and seen the organisation steadily grow and expand into the dynamic entity it is today, bringing positive benefits to all its members.""

Peter Hook, Manager
(Computer Systems Engineers)

"“Sutton Winson have been members of the BHBPA for around 7 years. We have found it a great way to keep in touch with Burgess Hill businesses and to meet with likeminded people. It’s not just another “networking” group, as it tackles the real issues and gets things done”"

Bruce Millington, Manager
(Sutton Winson Ltd)

""BHBPA is a really well organised and run group, great for networking and benefitting from knowledgeable local speakers with real business insight. Peter brings enthusiasm and humour which helps drive the association forward. I am glad to be part of it.""

Dave Farmer, German Translator
(Dave Farmer & Co)

"I am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."

The Hon Nicholas Soames MP